UF Researchers Exploring the Market Value of Tea

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Mostly due to its market value, tea may be an attractive specialty crop. Brantlee Spakes Richter, University of Florida (UF) senior lecturer, believes the crop has great potential in the U.S. market. Richter has been working with tea for a little over a year now. She is studying how to best grow the crop in…

Pecan Fertilization Practices

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After nearly five years of research, University of Georgia Associate Professor Lenny Wells has thoroughly explored the fertilization young pecan trees need in order to achieve optimal growth. According to Wells, the amount of pecan trees being planted every year in Georgia is steadily increasing. With all the young trees going in the ground, Wells…

Tea’s Specialty Crop Potential Being Studied in the Southeast

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Tea is an extremely popular drink in the United States and around the world. However, the market for tea can go beyond just consumption. For example, tea can be used in beauty products and essential oils. The market makes tea an attractive specialty crop for growers. Brantlee Spakes Richter, a senior lecturer at the University…

Artichokes Could Be the Next Niche Crop in Florida

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The Florida specialty crop industry is facing many difficulties that range from pest issues to competition from imports. Growers seeking alternative crops may want to consider artichokes. Shinsuke Agehara, an assistant professor at the University of Florida, says artichokes have never been commercially grown in Florida, but they could be a great niche crop. Agehara…

UF Plant Science Research and Education Unit Gets New Director

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  By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A veteran of the has been named its permanent director, and he hopes to help faculty continue improving crops. James Boyer, who has worked at the unit for 17 years, was named interim director in May 2016. His appointment to the permanent post was effective April…

Renowned Plant Scientist to Explore Relationship Between Plants, Health for 2017 York Lecture

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By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Can crops be fortified to improve diets and lower the rate of chronic diseases? Cathie Martin, a world-renowned expert on plant metabolic engineering, will discuss that question at the 2017 E.T. York Lecture. The free event will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 13 in the…

Findings and Plans for Pomegranate Disease-Treatment Research

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Pomegranate production in Florida has been striking interest within the agriculture community because of its potential to be a viable alternative crop to citrus. Gary Vallad, associate professor of plant pathology at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, recently presented research findings from 2016 about pomegranate disease treatments, as well as research plans for…